French New Wave director best known for such films as Pierrot le Fou, Breathless, Band of Outsiders, Alphaville and My Life to Live. His cinematic awards include an Honorary Cesar, an Honorary Academy Award, and the Prix Jean Vigo.
He wanted to study anthropology at the University of Paris (Sorbonne), but became involved in film-making instead.
He began his film career as a critic for the influential French magazine Cahiers du cinéma. His first review was published in 1952.
His first marriage, in July of 1967, was to Anne Wiamzemsky. His later wives were
He directed star actor Jean-Paul Belmondo in the 1960 film Breathless.